Tony & Veasna
Tony & Veasna
Race of child interested in adopting: No Preference
Gender of child interested in adopting: No Preference
Family Type: LGBT
State we live in: TX
Dear Expectant Mother,
To someone who may give us the last piece to our puzzle, hello. We write this as parents who have gone through this process before and on behalf of our daughter, who is excited about being a big sister. We are currently a family of three and want you to know why we would love for you to consider making us four.
We believe in letting children develop into whoever they want to be; both of us were raised without being told who we should be, and every child deserves the same. Amia has blossomed before our eyes into a strong and independent little girl, and she has made both of us better people in the process. We believe in equal rights for everyone, no matter their sex, color, religion, sexual orientation, etc., so no matter what, you can know any child we raise will be treated fairly and be given an equal shot. Regardless of what they want to do in life, the sky's the limit, and we will never tell them otherwise. We cannot wait to teach another child about how the world has changed and will continue to change when people are willing to fight for it.
We’d love to hear about you and your journey and answer any questions you may have for us. We go to bed every night waiting to see what tomorrow may bring. If we’re lucky, maybe it will be you.
We’re both from Southern California, where we met by chance at a Goodwill in 2006. In 2008 we moved to Texas, and we’ve lived here ever since. In 2014 we got married, and in 2015 our daughter was born only 10 days after we got the initial call from her birthmother! A quick relationship was formed, and we were lucky enough to be there for Amia’s birth; we still stay in contact with her birthmother today. We stay busy with lots of friends and family close by, and there is so much to do for kids in our area. The two of us are still able to get away for adult events and vacations, like hiking Machu Picchu in 2017, because of our family support system. Every year the three of us travel back to California to visit our family and friends and show Amia where Daddy and Papa grew up.
We live just outside one of the largest cities in the U.S. with a TON to do. Our house, which we’ve lived in since 2009, is on a corner lot, shaded by tons of trees all around. With four bedrooms, we have plenty of room for the three of us as well as our three spoiled cats. There are events almost every weekend geared toward families and kids, so we try to stay busy and let our daughter experience as much as possible. Having lived in the same place for so long, our roots go deep in this community; we love that we’ve started raising a family here and hope to keep it growing.
Our Extended Family
From two different cultures, we have made a life that brings our paths together quite uniquely. We celebrate Chanukkah and Christmas, New Year’s Eve and Cambodian New Year. We make spring rolls and pasta. When Amia was born, we knew it was important to include her cultural heritage as well, which simply adds to our family rainbow.
Our two families are vastly different, but they have slowly merged together into this California-meets-Texas, Asia-meets-America hodgepodge of Cambodian music and Italian food. Veasna’s family arrived in the U.S. in the early ’80s, and Veasna was born shortly thereafter. Veasna grew up in Southern California with his three sisters and parents, eventually studying dance. Tony was born in Southern California and was raised with two older siblings.
Over the years, Tony’s immediate family has all moved to Texas, and most live within a few minutes of each other. With Tony’s two siblings plus spouses, kids, and parents, there are a lot of birthday and holiday celebrations happening where the family gets together. With Veasna’s family all still in California, we head back every year so we can see them and they can see how big Amia has gotten.
Our Adoption Story
In 2015 we decided we were ready to start trying to adopt. In July of that year, our profile went live, and the journey began. Two short months later, we received a call that a birthmother had found us and wanted to speak. We were honestly shocked. Not only could we not believe that it happened so fast but we didn’t think we were ready! We spoke to our daughter’s birthmother that day then drove to meet her. Ten short days later, on September 20, we each held a hand of our daughter’s birthmother as she pushed our newborn daughter into this world. It has been a magical journey, and we cannot wait to take it again.